Leaders of the Directors Guild of America have approved a three-year successor deal to the DGA master contract, triggering a ratification vote by the 18,000 members. The DGA national board announced Saturday that it had approved the deal unanimously. The guild revealed that the agreement includes a significant increase in residuals for high-budget streaming content, pension, wages and TV creative rights.
The Directors Guild and management’s AMPTP will begin negotiations for a new TV and film contract on Feb. 10, making the DGA the first guild — as it has been in the last two bargaining cycles — to sit down with the companies, and thus setting the pattern of bargaining in which the AMPTP will expect the WGA and SAG-AFTRA to follow.
A bill introduced in Congress Thursday that would give Donald Trump and all future presidents the authority to appoint the head of the U.S. Copyright Office has received the endorsement of the Directors Guild of America and Motion Picture Association of America as well as the NAB, whose CEO Gordon Smith said: “As representatives of both significant owners and users of copyrighted material, NAB supports passage of this bill and will continue to work with lawmakers on broader efforts to modernize the copyright office.”
ABC’s Modern Family earned the TV comedy award for director Michael Spiller, while HBO’s Temple Grandin won the guild honor for TV movie or miniseries for Mick Jackson.